Worship. Confession. Thanksgiving. Intercession.
Anne Graham Lotz has gifted her readers with a power-filled glimpse into her prayer life. In The Light of His Presence: Prayers to Draw You Near to the Heart of God, she shares 40 intimate prayers that focus on today’s struggles, salvation, restoration, mission, and much more.
Scripture-filled prayers recount God’s story and His love for His people. At times, I felt like I was observing Daniel praying. I paused to reflect on Daniel’s confession that he and Israel had sinned and considered today’s sins.
High and lofty prayers that raised the reader to the heights of the heavens, and simple prayers that humbly sat before the Lord of Glory, these prayers are heartfelt devotions.
In several of her prayers, Lotz reminds God of His promises and writes “We hold You to Your word.” I am uncomfortable with this. If we trust God and His word, then there is no reason to tell Him that He is obligated to fulfill what we request. Whether in this earthly life or our heavenly life, God said it, and He will do it.
I especially loved “A Prayer of Adoration for the Bridegroom” inspired by Song of Songs 2:5-4. She uses the imagery found in the Song of Songs to pray back to the Lover of her Soul, Jesus.
Father, Holy God, Light of the World, Lord of the Heavenly Armies, thank You for Anne Graham Lotz and her willingness to unveil her struggles with prayer and to share her insights. Holy Spirit, guide us into a more intimate relationship. Jesus pour out your blessings and goodness upon Anne Graham Lotz and all the readers of this book. In the name of Almighty God, the Prince of Peace, Lord of Lord, and King of Kings, Jesus. Amen.
I received an advance NetGalley copy of The Light of His Presence from Waterbrook and Multnomah as part of the launch team for an honest review.
“The Reason I Pray, Even When It’s a Struggle” by Anne Graham Lotz
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